EU ICS2 Implementation Guide (Forwarder)

Korean Air thank you for your cooperation in advance.


We will inform you of the main contents related to EU ICS2 (Import Control System 2), which will be enforced on March 1st, 2023, so we ask for your active cooperation.


1. Overview and Procedure

  ㅇ Overview of EU ICS2

     - Through Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) and Cargo Manifest (Pre-Arrival) for all

        cargo and mail going to or through EU departing from 3rd countries, EU ICS2 is a program for

        pre-screening by EU customs authorities for cargo safety/security purposes.


  ㅇ Applicable cargo: Cargo and Mail going to or through the EU member states 

                                   (including Switzerland, Norway and Northern Ireland)


  ㅇ Transmission information: FWB/FHL Data and additional information [Total 8 (6+2) information]

      - Shipper's name/address, consignee's name/address, total quantity of cargo, total gross weight of

        cargo, cargo description, AWB number (Master/House)

      - HS-Code (6 Digit) for each consignment item, EORI (Economic Operators Registration and

         Identification number) number of the consignee (☜ Additional information)


       * EORI: A kind of customer code and customs registration number assigned to exporters and

                   importers by customs offices in each EU member state (commonly used in all EU member


         Ex) Denmark (DK): DK/00 (2 digits of certification year) /000000 (6 digits of certification number)

               Netherlands (NL): NL/000 (3-digit customs code) /00 (2-digit certification year) /0000                                                

                                           (4-digit certification number)


  ㅇ Destination: EU Customs  

  ㅇ Transmission time: When completion of AWB acceptance, the relevant data is automatically 

                                      transmitted (EU customs approval is required before cargo loading)

  ㅇTransmission method: MAWB/HAWB information and additional information provided by 

                                      forwarders are transmitted in the form of FWB/FHL through the airline system. 

  ㅇ Implementation period: 2023.3.1

   ※ Full Cutover is scheduled after monitoring forwarder’s transmission information and running a test 

       for a certain period of time. Full cutover schedule to be announced separately. 


2. Request for cooperation for Forwarder

   ㅇ All MAWB/HAWB and additional information must be accurately input and sent to 

        Korean Air  

      - Master Air Waybill and House Air Waybill numbers (up to 12 digits allowed)

      - Shipper's/Consignee's full name and valid address

      - Cargo description

      - Total quantity and total gross weight of cargo

      - HS-Code (6 Digit) for each consignment item

         ▷ If there are multiple items in one HAWB, up to 9 items can be registered (refer to FHL spec)

      - Consignee's EORI number

    ㅇ Must comply with the cut off time of AWB acceptance 

    ㅇ If there is a change in House AWB Data after AWB acceptance, the details of the change must

         be notified to Korean Air by phone.

    ㅇ Minimize the time gap between cargo acceptance and AWB acceptance

    ㅇ Notify forwarder 24hr emergency contact point to Korean Air branch office and maintain  


※ Note

- Inaccurate data transmission by the forwarder may be classified as pending approval from EU 

  customs and subject to OFLD of the concerned cargo.

- Delayed AWB acceptance may result in OFLD of the cargo due to delay in data transmission to EU

  customs and delayed approval to EU customs.

- In accordance with EU regulations, loading will be restricted for cargoes that have not been 

   approved and have received referral code (RFI, RFS, DNL) by EU customs.

   ▷ In the case of unapproval of loading or receipt of a referral code for one HAWB, all related MAWB

        cargoes will be withheld.

   ▷ In the case of cargo withhold, the cargo transportation can be carried out after necessary 

        measures and EU customs approval are completed

- For all cargo related to self filling, such as e-commerce and express cargo, it is necessary to deliver 

  the cargo to Korean Air after obtaining EU customs approval (AC Code)


※ EU ICS2 Transmission C-IMP Messaging Guide

  1. HS code FWB sample


   - Refer to CIMP FWB 12.17.5 (up to 11 an be input)


2. HS code FHL sample


   - Refer to CIMP FHL 5.3 (up to 9 inputs are possible)


3. EORI number sample


   - Use OCI field (OCI/country/CNE/T/EORI number)


※ EU ICS2 related reference site : Link


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